How do you safe guard your data?

How do you safe guard your data?

One of the streams that has my interest at Strata + Hadoop in Singapore this week is around safe guarding data in Big Data technologies.  When I say safe guarding, I mean securing it, curating it, and sharing it properly. Initially, Big Data technologies were developed for democratic and liberal use of data in specific use cases where there was open and unfettered access, manipulation and...

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Humpback Whale and Big Data

Are you using the fastest medium for advanced analytics?

I’ve got Big Data on my mind. I’m in Singapore now, just a day ahead of the Strata + Hadoop world conference to co-present with one of my clients and share two stories on how we’re Acting on Insight with IoT in NZ. During my flight I had Big Data on my mind too. In between movies on my flight and while unable to sleep, I found myself listening to the hum of the Dreamliner 787’s engines and...

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On the way to San Jose...to count sheep?

I hope that everyone had a great Easter break and enjoyed the long weekend down here in NZ. I myself went bush with my family to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday at her partner’s family’s farm just north of Whitianga in a place called Waitaia Bay (google maps it). So, without devices and WiFi, I communed with the natural beauty of the bay and emptied my head of the upcoming conference. Or so...

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On the way to San Jose...to the data hoarders’ conference?

The universe is still preparing me for Strata+Hadoop World in San Jose next week.Channel hopping on TV last night I chanced upon a programme about hoarders and another about pigmy minke whales from the grandfather of wildlife documentaries, David Attenborough.In “Hoarding, buried alive!”, I listened to a woman speak about her fetish for collecting eagles, the apparent gateway drug that led to her...

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On the road to San Jose to make big data work

BLOG fans - drop me a message if you have a particular item of interest that you want me to bring back with me from StrataWorld.As I roll into the last two weeks before I depart for StrataWorld in San Jose (a massive Hadoop conference), the universe around me is reflecting my anticipation for the knowledge that I’m about to absorb there. For example, as I lumbered over the peak of the Harbour...

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3 critical steps to getting Engineered Systems right first time

In my last blog post I talked about how Oracle Engineered Systems, by their very nature of being tightly integrated, sometimes tend to blur the boundaries of traditional team responsibilities in the IT department. This post goes one step further into the planning stages of deployment. It is aimed mostly at DBAs, but Infrastructure Architects or Network Architects who are part of the wider...

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Engineered Systems - The Sys Admin's answer to conflict resolution hell

Lately, your solution’s been teasing you with one of those problematic ‘catch me if you can’ conflicts. It’s a pretty intricate solution. A highly available database tier and a middle tier made up of a bunch of different hosts, possibly a virtualisation layer and allocated a quota off the multi-tenanted corporate storage network and SAN. Plus, it’s all communicating across the...

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RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL 7) is a nice new hat

RHEL 7 is more than a reskinning of RHEL 6. With its updated packages, new toolkits and widgets, it’s a more modern kernel. But if you were anticipating a breakthrough, don’t. Although it’s a very different release to RHEL 6, in any form, it’s an expected one.So what key things make it different? # 1 SystemdThe introduction of Systemd has greatly improved the speed, performance and flexibility of...

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